Christine Forster Says ‘No’ Campaigners Are Simply Scaremongering


Christine Forster

Former prime minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster has accused the ‘No’ campaign of trying to confuse voters.

Speaking at the Sydney launch of the #PostYourYes campaign yesterday, Ms Forster (pictured with her partner Virginia Edwards) said they were trying to muddy the waters with issues that are not related.

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“This is a simple question of whether or not you believe the law in Australia should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. That is as far as it goes,” she said.

Her comments came a day after Senator Cory Bernardi told an audience of 1000 people gathered for the ‘No’ campaign launch in Sydney they would face “weaponised” anti-discrimination laws and “legal warfare” is the marriage act was changed.

Skywriting proclaiming ‘Vote No’ appeared in the skies over Sydney yesterday morning, the day after the anti-same-sex marriage campaign was launched.

Sports stars, TV identities and politicians took part in co-ordinated events across capital cities yesterday.

In Brisbane, Olympic swimmers Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin said a close friend had asked them to throw their support behind the campaign.

“We’re big fans of equality in sport, and I think it’s time to show that equality in the marital scene,” Larkin said.

At the ‘Yes’ campaign’s Melbourne event, actress/comedian Magda Szubanski said she hoped Australians would support the change.

“I hope with all my heart you vote that you will vote ‘yes’ because I believe in the institution of marriage,” she said.

“I was raised in a family where my parents were married for 58 years and I would hope that if I met the woman of my dreams I could have that same institution there to support me and I would hope you would want that for me too.”

In Adelaide, a trio of federal MPs – the Liberal’s Christopher Pyne, Labor’s Penny Wong and the Greens’ Sarah Hanson-Young – put aside political differences to back a ‘Yes’ vote.